I discovered a new sub-genre and it looks amazing. What is it? MI5 urban fantasy.
I haven’t read a book in this genre yet but I am cautiously optimistic. Nope, scratch that. I’m unbelievably excited. Loads of cop-based urban fantasy stories have found their way onto my TBR pile lately (A Grave Death – review is here to read) and it’s insanely exciting to take it up a notch to the secret agent state of affairs. Similarly, I’ve read some good assassin books lately (The Blue Devil – review is here to read). So combining the two into this awesome sub-genre is blowing my mind.
The book that helped me discover this genre also happens to have an incredibly beautiful cover:
“Getting shot wasn’t how I expected to end my Saturday night.
I had always imagined what my obituary would be. Gemma Abbott – that’s me – a witch, a complete book nerd, and an agent for Paranormal MI5, succumbed to the bullet that blah blah blah… nah, I’m not ready to die, which means I have to work hard to live.
When a serial killer leaves a trail of dead bodies in the open for humans to find, I have to work fast to bring him in. With every death of a female witch, the ley line’s power is mysteriously lessening.
Dave, my handsomely nerdy desk friend, is a witch with no magic, but his analysing skills could change the world. Would he be able to help me track down the killer before magic dries up for good? Or, would the killer take us all down with him?”
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Serial killers in urban fantasies are so often dealt with by cops that we almost forget that the secret service even exists. But then, that might be the point, given they’re supposed to be secret and all.
I would love this sub-genre to take off because I would love to read and write the crap out of it. Out of sheer curiosity and the fact that this might be my new favourite sub-genre, I’m launching this one as high up my TBR pile as I can manage. Rest assured, I’ll let you know exactly what it’s like because of course it’s getting it’s own review, too.
Thanks for reading!